9th snowiest winter on record (so far).
12" snow on the ground at KMSP.
16.1" February snowfall in the Twin Cities.
8 F. high temperature on Saturday.
32 F. normal high on February 26.
10 hours, 59 minutes, 38 seconds of daylight February 26 (2 hours, 13 minutes and 31 seconds more than on December 21, 2010, the Winter Solstice).
What A Difference A Year Makes. Last March temperatures were thawing into the 40s during the first 2 weeks of the month, with readings topping 60 by mid March, 2010. We went from 12" down to a trace of snow in 11 days, from the 1st to the 11th.
A (Very) Delayed Spring. The latest GFS outlook keeps unusually cold (February-like) temperatures through mid March, temperatures 10-20 degrees below average with little real melting between now and March 15. The reason that's a problem? When warm fronts finally do arrive (late March?) melting may be rapid. If accompanied by rain the result may be accelerated snow-melt with a potential for severe flooding across much of the Upper Midwest. I don't want to be melodramatic here - but I have an increasingly bad feeling about the flood potential for late March and April. At the rate we're going this may be one of the worst springs for river flooding since 1997.
It Never Rains In Southern California - But Sometimes It Snows. In L.A. the snow level fell to 600 feet - heavy snow showers reported in beautiful downtown Burbank! More from the L.A. Times: "The official snow-level may have fallen short of expectations Saturday, but that didn't prevent Los Angeles County residents from enjoying rare winter conditions this weekend. Burbank, Glendale and Studio City were some of the areas that saw flakes of soft hail or snow pellets, according to weather reports. The precipitation was part of an unusual weather system that flowed south from Canada and dropped snow and rain across much of the state. The snow level in L.A. County as of Saturday evening was about 1,700 feet, according to the National Weather Service. Earlier reports had forecast snow as low as 1,000 feet."
"Snow fell on San Francisco’s Twin Peaks and Merced Heights neighborhoods early Saturday morning, according to a National Weather Service forecaster. A resident near Shields and Arch streets, located about 400 feet above sea level in the Merced Heights neighborhood, reported that snow had lightly dusted the rooftop of his home about 12:30 a.m., forecaster Rick Canepa said. “The air mass of this storm is very cold compared to other systems,” Canepa said. “I’m not surprised” about the snowfall, Canepa said. Bay Area Twitter users celebrated the icy arrival online with tweets, including “SNOWMG! It’s snowing on Twin Peaks…” and “Flurries…the ‘snow’ has arrived in SF.” Another resident near Duboce Triangle said he saw wet snowflakes in the air just before 1 a.m., though they reportedly didn’t stick to the ground, Canepa said. The snow sightings mark the first flurries spotted in the city since 1976."
What Month Is This Again? Hard to believe the sun is as high in the sky now as it was the third week of October. The high reached 8 in the Twin Cities (with 1.3" snow). St. Cloud only registered 5 degres, with an inch of snow reported. The mercury never rose above zero at Alexandria.
Paul's Conservation Minnesota Outlook for the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota: